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Children's Dental Care

Florida Department of Health in Columbia County Dental

Children's Dental Care 

Thank you for choosing the Florida Department of Health in Columbia County Dental Program as your child’s dental provider.  The dental program aspires to help your child achieve excellent oral health.  We have two different dental programs providing services in our community.

Program Staff


Phuc-Hau Nguyen, DMD

Dental Hygienists

Lisa Swisher, RDH

Phoebe Nipper, RDH

Dental Assistants

April Jefferson

Nancy Pettyjohn

Office Hours:    Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM
Summer hours:   Monday-Thursday 7:00AM-5:30PM
Phone: (386)752-9914
Fax: (386)758-3900

Miles of Smiles Dental Bus 

This program provides diagnostic, preventive, and restorative dental services.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Medicaid children ages 0-18 with DentaQuest, Liberty Dental, or MCNA Dental coverage.
  • Florida Healthy Kids children 0-18 with DentaQuest or Argus Dental.
  • At certain times of the year, the dental bus will be visiting the local elementary schools to see children with a dental consent signed by a parent or guardian.  Other times, it will be stationed at the Florida Department of Healt in Columbia County for dental appointments

mobile dental bus

Dental Services Provided

We do not provide orthodontics, oral surgery, extraction of wisdom teeth, root canals, permanent crowns, bridges or dentures.  We do not have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or any other form of sedation. Our list of services can be found below.

  • Dental Examination
  • Prophylaxis (cleanings)
  • Oral hygiene instructions
  • Fluoride varnish
  • Dental sealants
  • Dental x-rays
  • Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Pulpotomies
  • Stainless steel crowns
  • Referrals as needed

School-Based Sealant Program 

The school-based dental sealant program offers preventive dental services to children in the public school system, at no cost to the parent/guardians.  A licensed dental hygienist takes portable dental equipment to the schools to provide services onsite.

Eligibility Requirements

 ALL students in the public school system with a dental consent signed by a parent or guardian.  Consent forms are given out by the schools.

Dental Services Provided:

  • Dental screening/assessment
  • Oral hygiene instructions
  • Fluoride varnish
  • Dental sealants, as needed

What is a “sealant”? 

A sealant is a thin plastic coating that keeps food and germs out of the chewing surfaces of the teeth and helps protect teeth from getting cavities.  Sealants are primarily placed on permanent molars but can be placed on any tooth with a groove.



Broken Appointments 

Please make every effort to arrive at your appointment on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late to an appointment, you may be asked to reschedule the appointment. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance so that we may offer this appointment time to another patient. Repeated no-shows may result in dismissal from the dental program.